Cash Injection Fuels Viela Bio's NMOSD FDA Filing
New and existing investors in Viela Bio have raised $75m in the latest funding round, allowing the AstraZeneca spin off to progress its NMOSD antibody to regulatory filing in the US. However, established companies may have stolen a march on commercializing a treatment.
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